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Jun 30, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." it is friday, july 1st 9 a.m. in tokyo. i'm katherine kobayashi. >>> japan began restricting electricity consumption on friday under new regulations the government requires major power consumers in eastern japan to reduce peak time usage by 15% from a year earlier. the regulations were prompted by the risk of power shortages this sumner regionser is bifd tokyo electric power company and tohoku electric power company. both utilities suffered severe damage to their power stations in the march disaster. factories and others using 500 kilowatts per hour or more are required to cut their consumption by 15%. the mandatory cuts will affect a total of about 18,500 firms supplied by the two utilities. violators may face fines of up to $12,500. >>> thing of blicker to cuts are in place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays through september 22nd in the regionser is bifd tokyo electric. for the tokhoku electric service region, cuts will be through september 9th. government is asking smaller-scale electricity users and households to slash their peak consumption b
Jul 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you. it's wednesday, july 20th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. twl come to "newsline." i'm catherine kobayashi. typhoon ma-on made landfall in western japan and continues to batter the region with strong winds and heavy rain. we go to saki ochi for the latest information. >> once again today we are going to be talking about a lot of stormy weather impacting japan, and let's start with a look at some of the most recent footage of the storm system impacting southern sections of japan. this will be along the coastline in wakayama prefecture. still very high waves being seen and rivers, too are overflowing. there have been reports of flooded homes, over 2,500 people have had to evacuate, injuries, too, have been widespread nearly 50 people reportedly injured from these storm systems, as those very strong, damaging winds have been causing quite a bit of destruction, and today, typhoon ma-on is still just about in the same area, the defining characteristic has been that slow speed at 15 kilometers per hour, considerable slower, usually 40 kilometers per hour so moves away at a
Jul 20, 2011 7:00pm PDT
in profits from extensive gains the previous day. for more we cross over no emily waning at the tokyo stock exchange. good morning emily. >> good morning. lots of factors for investors to look at today. first wbt debt issue loomed large, especially ahead of the finance minister's later on today. in the u.s., talks over the debt ceiling are under way and there is uncertainty over what the outcome might be. with all of these factors coming in, investors seem to be trading cautiously at least this morning. the average this morning opening above 10,000, it is maintaining that level. it opened up about 14 points tp it gained just a little bit. these gatocks when u.s. paired back their gaines from tuesday when the dow posted its biggest gain for this year. results from apple helped put under share prices. they lock in prove w key indexes ending lower. the dow jones average is 12,571. nasdaq closing at 2,814. now, the risk of sentiment also prevails in the currency market. traders are buying then which they consider a safer asset than the dollar given the talks. the upper 78 yen level compared to
Jul 26, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. welcome to "newsline." it's wednesday, july 27th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm kathryn kobayashy. >>> japan will soon begin paying composition following the train crash on saturday. the state-run xinhua news agency reported on tuesday that the family of a victim from fuchien province and the local government had agreed on a payment of 500,000 yuan or about $78,000 in damages. the chinese government is trying to stave off criticism by swiftly providing support for the victims' families. but the chinese public seems to be increasingly discontented with the government's actions. an online survey shows that more than 99% of the respondents are dissatisfied with the handling of the accident by the railways ministry. 98% replied that they do not believe the ministry's explanation. >>> a chinese expert says the signal system for the country's high-speed railway network is unstable because it was built too quickly. the professor of beijing transport university made the remark in an interview with nhk on tuesday. he indicated the signal system could be affected by lightning and
Jul 18, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, july 19th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobiyashi. >>> a large, strong typhoon ma-on is heading toward shigoku bringing heavy winds and rain to the pacific coast. we now go to the weather desk for the latest information. >> that's right. this is a definitely major typhoon that we need to watch out for. actually, let's start off with a look at some of the scene trial counsel this morning because things are already pretty stormy. now, this will be in the shikogu area. strong gusts reported, as well. already hitting 140 kilometers per hour. highest amounts of rain almost hitting 600 millimeters, this's going to be a -- we are going to see a lot more rain fall, too, over the course of today. it's a big concern and turning very stormy. now, let's forecast path towards the north a little bit more over the course of today and then veers quickly out and heads out in towards the east and this is a fairly slow-moving system and it's large so a wide area's going to be impacted. and we are going to continue to see that stor
Jul 5, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. >>> glad to have you on this edition of "newsline." it's wednesday, july 6th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. at the fukushima daiichi plant secondses for covers that contain radioactive materials released from the damaged reactors have begun arriving at the site. the covers will be installed at the number one, three and four reactors. buildings housing these reactors sustained severe damage from hydrogen blasts triggered by the march 11th earthquake and tsunami. pillars, beams and other parts are being pre-assembled at a port 50 kilometers away from the plant. the concrete basis of the structure will be delivered wednesday with more sections arriving in mid-july. the operator of the plant, tokyo electric power company says it hopes to complete assembly work by late september using a crane with a 140-meter long arm. reducing radiation released from the reactor buildings is crucial to getting the crisis under control. this month, tepco will estimate the current amount of radiation released from the reactors, the figures will be used as a reference to gauge the effecti
Jul 4, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>> welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday july 5th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. japan and china have agreed to work closely on their normalization of diplomatic ties next year. they met in beijing on monday. she said bilateral ties in the civilian sector have been remarkably successful and said he views them as a treasure. he also said china and japan complement each other economically and share a desire to build peace and stability in the region. matsamoto says he thinks personal exchanges are important for nurturing ties, particularly among young people. he also says he expects the two countries to work together towards that goal. shu replied it's important to strengthen dies between the new nations and deal appropriately with sensitive matters. the crew of atlantis has arrived in florida to prepare for the final space shuttle mission. the four member crew came by plane from the johnson space center in texas on monday. liftoff is scheduled for 11:26 a.m. on friday. >> we are just delighted to be here after a very arduous nine-month training flow, we're happy to be here for launch week. >>
Jul 11, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome to i do newsline." it's tuesday, july 12th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> the operator of the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant will twin preparations to inject nitrogen into the number three react over tuesday afternoon. tokyo electric power company says workers have confirmed last friday that the pipes can be connected to the reactor container. tepco plans to inject nitrogen to avoid a hydrogen explosion. the utility has set a target of july 17th to complete the task. nitrogen was injected into the number one reactor in april and the number two reactor in june. >> translator: we are planning to connect the pipe to the container around 1:00 p.m. on tuesday. we want to begin the injection as soon as we get the approval from the safety agency. >> the utility reported its plan to the nuclear and industrial safety agency on monday. it described the safety measures to limit radiation exposure to the workers. tepco also told the agency how the injection will impact the container. >>> tepco says it has detected airborne radioactive materials abo
Jul 12, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you on this edition of "newsline." it's wednesday, july 13th at 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. overnight in new york the dollar briefly fell to a four-month low against the yen on growing concerns over european debt. for more we go to ai uchida from our business desk. >> very good morning and thank you very much, catherine. on the new york foreign e change the dollar briefly fell to the mid 78 yen range on tuesday, on fears that the greek debt crisis may spread to other european countries such as italy and spain. moves to sell the euro and buy the yen helped to push the dollar down to a level last seen after the march 11th disaster in eastern japan. the greenback was being traded at 78.49 yen at one time. earlier in london, the dollar dipped below the 80 yen level. the dollar is currently being traded at 79.45-50 yen, whereas the euro is currently fetching 111.22-24 yen. yen buying further intensified in new york after moody's downgraded ireland sovereign debt tuesday, rated below investment grade following greece and portugal. major u.s. credit rating
Jul 14, 2011 7:00pm PDT
, but a long road is aheadue to the wastewater system. the tokyo electric power company started the injection on thursday evening to prevent a hydrogen explosion. they began at the number one and two reactors, but the work at number three was delayed due to high radiation levels. adding to concerns is the french-made device to recycle radioactive wastewater. it continues to work below capacity. the cooling system is meant to decontaminate wastewater and send it back into the reactors as coolant. the utility plans to turn it back to a utility in august. >> the no entry zone around the meant won't be allowed home until there is a planned shut down. they made the announcement at a committee meading on thursday. >>> i know that evacuees from the no entry zone are eager to return home. it is a sensitive issue, but the appropriate time would be after the completion of a cold shut down at the reactors . >> the plant's operator plans to complete the sut down by this year or beginning of next year. they plan to start preparations like radiation monitoring, decontamination and infrastructure constructi
Jul 1, 2011 7:00pm PDT
-- captions by vitac -- >>> welcome to "newsline." i'm michio kijima in tokyo with the news at this hour. >>> chinese president hu jintao has expressed his determination to fight rampant corruption on the ruling communist party. hu made the pledge in a speech at a ceremony held in beijing on friday to mark the 90th anniversary of the party's founding. >> translator: we have to implement strict policies against corruption. otherwise we may lose the trust and support of the people. it's a critical issue for the party. >> hu stressed that china will carry out political reforms in line with the country's situation, while acknowledging the citizens' rights are still not fully protected. china has adopted market principles under its one-party rule and overtook japan to become the world's second largest economy. the rapid growth has widened economic gaps and fueled inflation, causing popular dissatisfaction. hu jintao also expressed this. >> translator: it rests on a strong defense and a powerful military. the country must pursue a stronger defense as well as economic
Jul 27, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." it's 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the united states says it will open two days of talks with north korea on thursday. speaking to reporters on wednesday, u.s. state department spokesman mark toner said ambassador stephen bosworth will meet kim kay kye gwan at the nunn new york. japan, the united states and south korea have yet to decide to resume whether to resume the talks on north korea's nuclear program. they have said they will reach such a decision after direct talks between the two koreas and then between the u.s. and north korea. the north korean vice foreign minister and head of the north american affairs bureau are already in new york for the ming. the u.s. decision to resume talks comes amid concerns that the north may be enriching uranium for military purposes. the united states maintains that it will not resume the six-party talks unless the north takes concrete action to give up nuclear weapons. >>> in china, a driver involved in saturday's fatal high-speed train collision reportedly says he had been ordered to stop the train b
Jul 18, 2011 5:00pm PDT
>>> hello there. and welcome to "newsline." it's tuesday july 19th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. a strong and large typhoon is impacted western japan and could make landfall as early as tuesday. we now go to the weather desk for the latest information. >> that's right. this is definitely a major typhoon that we do need to watch out for. let's start off with a look at the scenes from this morning. things are getting already pretty stormy. this will be in the shikoku area. you can see waves impacted the coastline. strong gusts already hitting 140 kilometers per hour. heavy rains falling in the past 24 hours. and highest amounts almost hitting 600 millimeters. we are going to see a lot more rainfall over today as well. so big concern here. it's going to be turning very stormy. this forecast path taking towards the north a little more over the course of today. then it veers out quickly and heads toward the east. but this is going to be a slow-moving system. a wide area is going to be impacted. and we are going to continue to see that stormy weather over the nex
Jul 7, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you on this edition of "newsline." it's friday, july 8th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the operator of the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant will boost its efforts to monitor airborne radioactive substances around nuclear reactor buildings. with further measurements, they hope to find the source and prevent further leakage. it's believed that dust containing radioactive substances and contaminated steam leaking from reactors is still being released into the air. tokyo electric power company has been measuring the levels regularly since mid march. recently, however, detection became difficult. this may have been due to the approximate one-kilometer distance between monitoring posts and the reactor buildings. tepco decided to step up its monitoring and take measurements at additional locations near the number one to number four reactor buildings. the plant operator will also use remote controlled robots to measure the level of radioactivity inside reactor buildings. >>> tepco says it needs to inject nitrogen into one of the reactors at fukushima
Jul 6, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> glad to have you on this edition of "newsline." it's july 7th, 9:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> after three attempts a south korean resort town is finally getting its wish. the international olympic committee has chosen pyeongchang to host the 2018 winter olympics, south korea's first ever winter games. >> the international olympic committee has the honor of announcing that the 23rd olympic winter games in 2018 are awarded to the city of -- pyeongchang. [ cheers and applause ] >> the ioc announced the decision in durban, south africa on wednesday. ioc members used an electronic voting system to cast unsigned ballots for three candidate cities. munich, germany, and annecy, france were the other two. among the attendees south korean president lee myung bak and olympic figure skating champion kim yu-na were ecstatic with the result. kim won the gold medal at the vancouver winter olympics in 2010. >> translator: i've been under pressure as an ambassador, but i'm really happy with the result. >> it was a case of third time lucky for pyeongchang, which made
Jul 21, 2011 7:00pm PDT
edition of newsline. it 18 a.m. in tokyo thp at this hour we go straight to business news why we have details on the outcome of the emergency eu summit. >> that's right. a deal has been reached. lead verse reached an extra rescue package for greece as they have excessive debt. the deal is voluntary contributions by the private sector. >> fully supported by all of us, we approved the greek debt sustainability. we have shown that we will not waiver in the defense of our monetary union and our common currency. >> the decision was made in an emergency summit of the 17-member nations of the euro group on thursday in brussells. according to the statement released after the meeting, leaders agreed on a new rescue package worth 109 billion euros or about $155 billion in total. commercial banks and other creditors will bear a voluntary burden worth about 37 billion euros or about $53 billion. one of the options is to roll over current holdings of greek bonds to one with longer repayment periods. >>> some nations were reluctant to ask for priefr at sector involvement as this would be inter
Jul 5, 2011 6:00pm PDT
not be a problem with power supplies. for more on this, weir speaking now to our correspondent, who is in tokyo. this is still just a report, but what have you heard on the ground? when are they likely to begin these stress tests on the nuclear power facilities? >> well, all the media reports are reporting about his press conference earlier this morning, saying that the government will test all the nuclear power plants there to make sure that they're all safe. basically the government is trying to find a way to convince the public that they're all still safe to use because we are already experiencing severe electricity shortages at the beginning of this month. all the large manufacturers have been told to cut their usage by 15%. there was a survey conducted by a research company recently showing that only half the companies here feel that they can achieve that goal. so whether that means that their production level might be affected or japan might run out of electricity. so the government seems to be quite keen not to ditch a nuclear power plant, but looking for a way to convince the public tha
Jul 8, 2011 7:00pm PDT
-- captions by vitac -- >>> it's 121:00 -- 11:00 p.m. in tokyo. i'm michio kijima with the news at this hour. preparations for the launch of a final u.s. space shuttle are proceeding in the state of florida despite poor weather that could delay friday's liftoff. the launch will mark the end of the 30-year shuttle program. amid occasional showers, the u.s. space agency, nasa began fueling the shuttle "atlantis" early on friday. lightning struck several times near the launch pad but the agency says the shuttle suffered no damage. the four astronauts on the final mission donned their flight suits and boarded their shuttle at the kennedy space center. so what task is the final shuttle going to carry out? nhk has the details from the kennedy space center. >> reporter: over the past 30 years, the space shuttle has delivered vast volumes of supplies and large equipment to the international space station. "atlantis" this time is carrying a device that will be used in an experiment. it will test refueling satellites to prolong their lives. this will be the last time that a
Jul 13, 2011 7:00pm PDT
. to see how markets are trading here in japan, we will go to the tokyo stock exchange. good news for the markets, but some hesitancy in the markets toward the close. how are tokyo stocks reacting? >> good morning to you. some hesitants. and the comments by ben bernanke gave markets a pop. a little bit of negative fallout. and also lingering concerns about the debt problems, and a warning for moody's investing services that the u.s. may lose its top aaa rating if it doesn't sort out its debt ceiling issues soon. that played into the currency markets as well. we did see the euro gaining against the dollar and pushing back a little bit against the yen, currently around the 1,200 levels, and with the dollar yen in the upper 78 levels. we will see how that plays into exporters, and let's not forget that is the closest we have come to the dollar yen levels since the post march 11th earthquake when it hit the lower 76 yen levels. later today the operator of a fast retailing store is going to come out with earning results, and we're yet to hear from google and jp morgan chase, and both a
Jul 15, 2011 7:00pm PDT
the tokyo area tonight. it registered 5-minus on the japanese scale of 0 to 7 in the city o omouka in tochigi prefecture. the preliminary magnitude 5.5 but later revised it to 5.4. it also changed it from 60 to 63 kilometers underground in northeast tokyo. there were no immediate reports of damage or none were issued. japan's government gathered information on the quake at the crisis management center at the prime minister's office in tokyo. ja japan's nuclear agent say says it's drawn uf methods. the announced plan does not announce a timetable for checking facilities that are already idle for routine inspections. the nuclear and industrial safety agency says it will apply two stages of tests involving computer simulations to gauge a reactor's resustain to dangerous situations caused by earthquakes, tsunami, loss of power, and loss of cool kag passty. the first stage test will apply only to reactors halted for regular checkups. the second test will be applied to all reactors and will involve all simulations that include the varying combinations of four types of trouble like earthq
Jul 25, 2011 7:00pm PDT
investors from japanese companies attended a financial seminar in tokyo, organized by 11 southern chinese cities on monday. the cities held consultations with participants to try to attract investment, but some attendees voiced concern about china's investment environment, citing saturday's fatal train crash. >> translator: china has rapidly improved its infrastructure, but its operating systems are not good enough. i hope the country improves in this area. >>> in other news, the man charged with norway's bombing and shooting spree has suggested that two more cells exist and are prepared to launch further attacks. nhk world takachi has this story. >> reporter: anders breivik admitted at the first closed door hearing that he carried out the two attacks on friday. a bombing in central oslo and a shooting spree at a youth camp run by the governing labor party. the court remanded breivik in custody for eight weeks. at a news conference after the hearing, the judge said the suspect aimed to save europe from a muslim takeover and to deal a blow to the governing labor party. norwegians are anger
Jul 18, 2011 1:00am PDT
these markets. ramy imocencio has more. >> the tokyo stock exchange, that was closed for a public holiday, but here in hong kong, the hang seng close dound about a one percent. an 8% slide in smic, china's largest chip maker. shares had been halted in late june. that's after the ceo resigned when he was voted off the board. over across the board in mainland china, they fell about 10%. vanke dropped nearly 1% after beijing said they'll try to slow down property price rises. a new real estate study shows beijing and hong kong prices rose. heading down under to australia, the asx 200 was pretty much flat as you can see. but news corp fell. that's as the phone-hacking scandal continues to unfold. i want to take you to taiwan. the taiex closed down about 0.42%. htc infringed on two patents belonging to apple. they say it will appeal but they also say it will buy back as much as 2.4% of its own stock. >>> regional markets seem to be sinking. gold going the other way today, hitting a record-high. what's the deal with that? >> earlier today gold hit a new intraday high of $1,599.29. that's almost
Jul 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT
:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the families of the victims of a train crash in china are becoming impatient with the lack of explanation about the accident that killed 39 people. it caused them to derail and fall of the track. however the television reported monday night that high speed service has resumed the same section where a bullet train rammed into the back of a small train in wenzhou. they set up a panel of 20 experts to provide counselling for injured passengers. the victims families say they're unhappy about the handling of the accident. some spoke to nhk about how they feel. >> translator: the government should explain why the incident occurred despite what they call state as state of the art technology. >> translator: we want to know what the government will do to find the cause of the accident and how they will go about it. >> the bereaved families say they are being monitored to prevent them from collectively criticize the government. >>> more than 20 high speed trains in china were delayed on monday because of a problem with transmission. the delays occ
Jul 16, 2011 6:00pm PDT
a reactor north of tokyo. only japan's 54 reactors now supply electricity. lucy craft in tokyo finds old habits are changing. >> reporter: year in and year out, whatever the temperature, workers in japan have obeyed a conservative dress code. japan's former environment minister. >> taking off jackets or taking off ties must be considered as very rough or rud. >> reporter: before that was the summer before 2011, japan's worst energy crunch since the oil shortage in the early 70's. people could be headed for the beach or gulf course. most nuclear accident formal wear is out, shorts and sandals in. government sponsored e haven't like these, the message is loud and clear. when times get tough, the tough wear polo shirts. the morning commute is brutally hot says this corporate warrior. in a suit i would be dripping in sweat. from the board room to the living room, japan has gone on an energy crash diet, individuals and companies are struggling to cut their electricity use by 15%. no easy task in a country with long, hot and humid summers. energy advisors are standing out across the land and
Jul 6, 2011 1:00am PDT
at the moment. 80.80 is where we stand. in asia it was a mixed day on the stock markets. in tokyo the nikkie closed up 1.10%. not only did the index hit the highest level since the earthquake on march the 11th, but today's gains gave the nikkei the longest winning streak for two years. it was a different story for hang seng and the shanghai co composite index. they sold $3.6 million worth of holdings in chinese banks. this came just after a warn of a downgrade in the sector. elsewhere as you can see at the bottom of the chart, we did see the asx 200 in sidney inches up one-sixth of a percent. >>> on wall street it was a slow start after a three-day holiday weekend with a little direction and a bit of caution ahead of the big monthly jobs report. there wasn't an awful lot of movement, as you can see, at the end of the session. the s&p and also the dow were each off by just a fraction, and the nasdaq meanwhile managing to choke up just a small gain. pretty modest, though. about one-third of a percent. this is how the future markets are trading. it seems that we're in for a flat start at the mo
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Jul 13, 2011 11:00pm PDT
they are looking at downtown tokyo look the at godzilla and king kong battling it out. you have to deal with both and the large institutions. >> jon: when godzilla and king kong are attacked in tokyo is there a regulatory alive that could zap them with a gamma ray? or how do you battle that type of -- it strikes me as, if we're backing them and backing the private mortgage insurers who are we not becoming and how could we as the american public have won in the first place. >> once you made them king÷ú kog and godzilla there's nothing you can do. you have to prevent them from becoming that. >> jon: do you have faith there can be an aggressive streamline, not cumbersome bureaucracy, regulatory regime that could control these things or is it politcally not feasible? >> i don't know about the politics. in the book we have a three-stage plan to get from where we are now to where we want to be. first we stop messing around and wind down fanny and freddie. second we need to wean mortgage finance off the government. you can't do it cold turkey. you have to do it gradually. our plan takes a decade to do
Jul 29, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> welcome to "newsline." i'm michio kijima in tokyo with the news at this hour. >>> the japanese government estimates the country will face a power supply shortage of around 10% next summer if all of its nuclear reactor goes offline. a government panel gave the estimate on friday at a meeting attended by prime minister naoto kan. all of the reactors could be offline by next spring for safety inspections resuming operations could take longer than usual because of the government recently introduced additional safety checks called stress tests. the panel said that if all of the country's reactors are down, the power supply will be about 10% short of peak demand in eastern japan and 8% in western japan. it also estimates that additional fuel costs around $38 billion will be incurred if utilities make up for the shortage through thermal generation. the panel called for introducing power-saving home appliances, industrial equipment to avoid rolling blackouts or mandatory power xupts it also stressed a need to promote renewable energy. the government will soon draft a three-year energy
Jul 4, 2011 5:00pm PDT
are allowed to return to their homes. tokyo electric power company set july 17th as the date for completing -- under control. by that time they hope to have cooled the reactors and prevent any hydrogen explosion. >>> while workers struggle to bring fukushima daiichi under control, mothers have a struggle of their own. they need to protect their children from radioactive contamination. to do this, they need reliable energy which is in short supply. >> reporter: since the end of may, schools and other institutions have been measuring radiation levels twice a week. they determine the average radiation level by taking five sets of readings at one centimeter above the ground, another at 50 sent meters, another another at one meter. the authorities say the reading gives no reason for alarm. hatsimi always checks the website for radiation at nearby schools. her three children attend elementary school and kindergarten. worries about radiation, she makes them wash and rinse out their mouth when they come home. though she can check the radiation levels of nearby schools, they do nothing to reassure h
Jul 6, 2011 12:30am PDT
reactors are currently shut down. we are joined in tokyo. when are the stress tests likely to begin? >> we do not know when exactly it will start. the minister for trade has a press conference earlier this morning saying that all of the nuclear reactors will be tested. as you said, there have been many protest against nuclear energy because of radiation fear from the fukushima nuclear power plant. it seems that the government is keen to convince the public they are safe. they want to conduct tests to make sure that none of them was infected by the earthquake. we still have severe electr icity shortages. they have to cut their electricity usage by 15%. half of the companies are confident that they can achieve that goal. whether that would mean it would affect their production level or not is another question, but it seems the government is keen to show the public that nuclear power plants are safe. ar powero, if the nucle plants -- what happens if they do not pass the stress tests? what is next? >> the government says they are being tested and they are still safe to use, but they want to co
Jul 5, 2011 7:00am EDT
they are never going back. bbc news, in northern japan. >> i am joined from tokyo via web can buy masimoto from the red cross society. we've got the minister for reconstruction resigning, still concerned about when families will be able to return to their homes. how do you assess the current state of the reconstruction effort? >> thank you for having me tonight. the japanese red cross have been sending medical teams to the evacuation centers within the fukushima prefecture and also have consulted psychologists who are consulting the people who came out of the fukushima and staying in a hotel in tokyo. and also would provide the medical services for the people who temporarily can go into this explosion -- exclusion zone. and also for the people who started to live in temporary housing -- public provided homes. they have been given the electronic -- like microwave or tv. those are supported by the european union money. >> you are talking about the european union, and the japanese red cross. what about the japanese government, and the minister who was only on the job for a week? are dissatisfied w
Jul 13, 2011 5:30pm EDT
or tokyo, but a city in a very unlikely place. stick around. . >>> well in tonight's consumer alert it seems you'd rather chat with a cashier than scan your own groceries at one supermarket. according to wall street journal albertson's say customers miss the one-on-one interaction. so it's phasing out self check out lanes in its company owned stories t. stores owned by super have you say they are keeping the self check out lane. kroger is going in the opposite direction chesting out new self check out technology. they have conveyer belt tunnels that scan bar codes facing in all directions. >>> crinkleed or shoestring, no matter how they are sliced seasoned or salty, who doesn't love french fries? so indulge in your favorite burger and fries and guess what today is national french fries day. the average american eats about 29 pounds of french fries every year. not at one time. spread it out. >>> internet radio station pandora recently hit a big milestone. the site has reached 100 million listeners. according to pandora's blog 36 million of those consumers are monthly active users.
Jul 19, 2011 1:00am PDT
, that is the location, located about 480 miles roughly about 700 kilometers to the west of tokyo. the winds right now 130. we're going to continue to see it weaken through the next several days. let's go to the radar so you can get a better idea of an exact location. shikoku, there is the center of circulation getting close to if not already skirting that coastline and then it looks like it's going to be moving up towards the east moving across the prefecture of koichi and more than the southern part of the hanshu islands. a better idea as we go to the weather graphics that gives us the track of the typhoon, osaka and it goes to the south of sendai and strong rainfall and winds, next 24 to 48 hours. 26 in some parts 30, 61 in some locations, stronger gusts in some locations. . is going to cause a lot of flooding problems. this graphic gives you an idea of the precipitation totals we're talking about, anywhere from 37 millimeters from koichi, 62 in osaka and 126 in parts of tokyo. we talked to paula hancocks, it's been raining for the last several hours in parts of tokyo and the precipitation will get
Jul 28, 2011 6:30pm PDT
, is right in the heart of downtown tokyo, the gulf between rulers and ruled has never been more vast. >> it's a mess. it's a total mess. and behind it all, it's all about petty politics. it has nothing to do with policy. >> reporter: the political quagmire has prolonged the suffering of northeast japan, forced to bide its time waiting for funds and decisions from the all-powerful central government in tokyo. >> the repercussions are enormous. first of all, policymaking is frozen. the japanese government's pronouncements on the nuclear situation are seen as unreliable. other countries don't trust our government. and because kan is a lame duck, other countries don't see any point in negotiating with him. >> reporter: presiding over the gridlock in nagatacho is prime minister naoto kan, reviled not only by political opponents but even members of his own party. >> he's lost touch with reality. and he thinks that by keeping on going and saying he can get beyond nuclear energy and other things with popular appeal, that opinion will turn around and people will support him. >> reporter: but voters
Jul 10, 2011 1:00am PDT
off the coast just about an hour ago felt as far as away as tokyo. we're going to join to our meet yolgs vimpb ca brar. is this an aftershock? >> absolutely. it's a 7.0. this is an automatic thing that they do here in japan. when you get a 7.0, approximately 100 miles east of the coast, it was strong enough or it could trigger an earthquake in the united states. we think of it assay you have a tornado warning as a result of a doppler indicated cell. we don't know if the tornado is on the ground. same thing here. we don't know if a tsunami has been generated but could have. it's happened essentially 131 miles to the east of sendai which is right where the fukushima plant is, of course. they are going to take all precautions necessary. they are expecting as far as a tsunami, if it does occur, anywhere within a few minutes here. and we're estimating just about three feet. so again, this is not going to be a significant situation. >> we've these tsunami advisories that have been essentially put on because these can generate a tsunami. and that's why they are taking all precautions nece
Jul 27, 2011 1:00am PDT
's hang seng and the nikkei slid .5%. hovering just above the 10,000 mark. tokyo electric power, mean mile, or tepco which runs that damaged fukushima dich chi power plant rose almost 616. that came amid reports it's considering selling almost 3 billion in shares. about half an hour ago, after the bell went, i suppose, in japan, japan's second largest carmaker nissan reported earnings, net earning for the quarter came in at $1.1 billion, ahead of expectations. >>> uncertainty continues to exist over the u.s. debt seal, investors are once again turning their attention towards the ultimate and traditional safe haven which is, of course, gold. that, in turn, is sending the price steeply north, hovering above about $1,623.63 an ounce. it's currently up about $4.38 at the moment. it is covering just a couple dollars below its all-time high that was just above $1,624 just the other day. gold very much the beneficiary here as everybody seeks a safe haven, manisha. >> very much so. piling into the precious medal. struggling throughout trade on tuesday, the debt ceiling, a host of corporate earning
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